Teach us to number our days: Reconciling the finite with the infinite
How can the infinite inform our finite lives? Being established in the academy requires an often obsessive focus on making a name for ourselves. This can absorb our lives and leave us worn out, anxious and empty. The scriptures charge us to number our days and exercise a kind of wisdom informed by our finitude, leading to a fuller experience of life and purpose as we depend on the One who will “establish the work of our hands”(Ps. 90).
Join with Christian faculty from around the region as Columbia Physician and Ethicist, Dr. Lydia Dugdale and Yale Architect Dr. Kyle Dugdale help us reconsider death with the wisdom from the scriptures that can transform how we live each day, particularly in our calling as faculty to love our university.
Lydia Dugdale MD, MAR (ethics), is associate professor of medicine and director of the Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at Columbia University. Prior to her 2019 move to Columbia, she was associate director of the Program for Biomedical Ethics and founding co-director of the Program for Medicine, Spirituality, and Religion at Yale School of Medicine. She is an internal medicine primary care doctor and medical ethicist. She is in the process of publishing The Lost Art of Dying (HarperOne, July 2020), and published its theoretical grounding in an earlier edited volume, Dying in the Twenty-First Century (MIT Press, 2015).
Kyle Dugdale is an architect, historian, and theorist. He holds degrees from Oxford, Harvard, and Yale, where he was awarded the Field Prize for his dissertation “Architecture After the Death of God.” He teaches architectural history, theory, and design at Columbia and at Yale. His first book, Babel’s Present, was published in 2016. He maintains a special interest in architecture’s claims to metaphysical significance, with a particular curiosity for architecture as a recurring figure in biblical narratives. He works on the Tower of Babel—particularly its appropriations in the years leading up to World War II—and, more broadly, on architectural monuments as markers of identity, aspiration, and belief.
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